Not only is Sarah Palin considering a run for president in 2012, she's confident she can win.
The former Alaska governor told ABC News' Barbara Walters for a profile airing next month that she's trying to determine whether throwing her hat into the ring is a "good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family."
The 2008 vice presidential nominee also told The New York Times for a profile running in this weekend's magazine that she's "engaged in the internal deliberations" of mounting a campaign.
"If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?" asked Walters.
"I believe so," Palin responded. The interview will air Dec. 9.
Palin told the Times that her biggest job would be to prove her record to voters.
"That's the most frustrating thing for me -- the warped and perverted description of my record and what I've accomplished over the last two decades," Palin said. "It's been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven't faced these criticisms the way I have."
A Gallup survey released last week found Palin might have a good chance of capturing the GOP nomination in 2012: fully 80 percent of Republicans polled had a positive opinion of her. But the poll showed she might have a harder time in the general election. Fully 81 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents viewed her unfavorably -- while fewer than four in 10 viewed her favorably.
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